Wright closes in on Challenge Tour berth

Darren Wright. Picture: Frank Coppi
Darren Wright. Picture: Frank Coppi
Harry Ellis. Picture: PA Images

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DARREN WRIGHT moved to within touching distance of his Challenge Tour card after extending his rich vein of form on the Europro Tour.

The former Rowlands Castle man picked up his fifth straight top-10 finish on the third tier of European golf and now looks almost certain to seal his promotion to the next level with a top-five finish in the order of merit.

His latest result came at the Scottish Masters at Montrose Links where he finished at nine under par for three rounds – three strokes behind the eventual winner.

It meant he finished in joint second and picked up a cheque for £3,187, which took him up to nearly £19,000 for the season so far and cemented his second place in the standings.

That total may already be enough for a top-five place, which seals a spot on next season’s Challenge Tour.

But Wright insists he will not be taking his foot off the pedal just yet.

He said: ‘I’m not far off that £20,000 mark.

‘Looking back on the previous years, £20,000 has been enough to get into the top five.

‘I don’t want to feel like I am too comfortable so I want to guarantee it.

‘But I am pretty confident I will secure a Challenge Tour card now. I might already have enough, £20,000 should get me through but £22,000 would definitely do it.

‘You never know, I could get through Qualifying School at the end of the year and get a European Tour card.’

It’s been a long road for the 26-year-old to get to this point with a winter of graft at his father’s property development firm funding his season.

But his efforts have paid off as he attempts to continue his progress.

He said: ‘Through the winter, it was all about patience, practice and perseverance.

‘But now I am playing the most consistent golf I have ever played.

‘Previously, I would shoot 17 birdies in three rounds and drop 15 shots.

‘But now I am having the same amount of birdies but I’m cutting out the mistakes.

‘I haven’t done anything different with my game but it’s just happening. Things have fallen into place but I need to keep it going.’